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SAVE THE DATE: December 21, 2023, City & County Building of Denver
Program Start Time: 5:30 PM
Event Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Each December, the Denver community comes together on the shortest day of the year to honor those neighbors who passed away in the preceding year while experiencing homelessness. This year's We Will Remember: Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil featured a short program including music, a eulogy, and the reading of the names of each individual experiencing homelessness who died in 2023 by local community members, followed by the crowd recitation of “We Will Remember” after each name. This year, 311 names were read. 

For 34 years, the Coalition has hosted this event in honor of those who have died in the previous year. For many, this will be the only service to mark their death. 

The event took place at 5:00 PM on Thursday, December 21st outside the Denver & City County Building located at 1437 Bannock Street. In addition to the program, luminary memorials were placed outside the building, each with the name of an unhoused neighbor who passed. 

A livestream was made available through a partnership with Denver Community Media. That link is available here

In addition, guests made winter wear donations. The Coalition estimates that over 30 coats were donated along with dozens of socks, hats, and gloves.

Thank you to the following partners who helped to provide names or otherwise make this event happen:
Catholic Charities, Christ in the City, City of Denver, City of Golden, City of Lakewood, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Colorado Safe Parking Initiative, Colorado Village Collaborative, The Delores Project, Denver Basic Income Project, Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, Denver Public Library, Denver Rescue Mission, The Denver VOICE, Everyday Epics, The Gathering Place, Helping Hands for Dignity Coalition, Harm Reduction Action Center, Lakewood Left, Lakewood Police Department, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, Denver Health, Rocky Mountain Refuge for End of Life Care, The Salvation Army, Senior Support Services, St. Francis Center, UCHealth, Urban Peak, Volunteers of America

To see all names listed on the program for the December 21 event, please click here.

If you would like to examine the data of the deaths of people experiencing homelessness, please view the 2023 Death Review here.